Decemberized has been my primary site since being the spiritual successor of my 'Dann Page' from
the mid-90s. I had just gotten a web design job since the bubble hadn't burst, and wanted a personal
website for anything I found interesting. At first it would have a news archive like some of my other
sites, but I realized I had no audience, so it's since become more of a part portal/part page stubs.
I host the sub-sites: Ductwars and DCJ
which are slightly different than their dedicated pages. There's all my flash cartoons, and some links which
probably don't work anymore. I often use this to hang sub-domains off when I don't want to pay
for a top level domain.
Original URL: http://www.decemberized.com/
My main and most frequently updated page. It's the main fan site for Oakley products, housing a
product database, reviews, articles, and a large user base. It has changed much over the years, so
I will refer to the Site History page rather than
taking up much more space here.
Original URL: http://dcj.amaltd.com/oakley/
After porting over the long standing original version to a custom programmed updateable script,
I scrapped that and went with a wordpress site. My host allowed an installation, so I figured this would
let me just concentrate on the content. But by this point, I just didn't have the energy for it, so
it lies more or less dormant. However everything was ported over, so searching the site is much better
at this point.
Original URL: http://www.goshzilla.com/
After taking a liking to bug photography, I also took a liking to organizing and identifying them.
While flickr was used initially, I wanted something that I could systematically catagorized everything.
Borrowing heavily on buggyuide.net, I started with Phylum Arthropoda, and worked my way down the
taxonomic tree until I hit the species level for each of my finds. I also added representative photos,
juvenile examples, location and time markers, and general families to show all within a close group.
In July 2016, as part of my mission to upgrade all my relavent sites from older languages, I converted the site from ASP classic/Access DB to PHP/SQL. I also ran a sister site for all other wildlife outside of 'bugs' and had the menus jump around. However this was twice the work, so I merged the two and started the tree at Animalia.
Like Ductwars, our filming group also has a page on Decemberized, but in 2006 I used this domain
(probably the reason I dropped the ductwars one), to attach most of my related sites, so the
links would stop bouncing around. The main page is simple a portal to other places, but it helps
having them all easily accessible. The domain from 2001 to 2006 simply mapped to the Decemberized IP.
Original URL: http://www.dcjproductions.com/
As a fan of the X-Entertainment Advent Calendar, I saw that the complexities of the story and characters needed
some organization in one spot. I set out to catalog all that I could. I got most of it done and then kept updating
for that year and the following in 2010. After that the creator stopped making them and moved to a new site. Despite
not being relavent anymore, I continue to flesh out the wiki out of sadness.
Original URL: http://adventcalendar.decemberized.com/
During one of our 1998 skits, we had a rap group come on our news show, and be as stereotypically bad as can be. At the end of the terrible interview, they performed a song, which I think captured and remixed several times. After that, we made more audio tracks trying to create the worst possible songs ever. I put them on MP3.com at the time, and somehow people started adding them to playlists. The quote at the bottom of the page is actually genuine. After MP3.com stopped being what it was, nothing more was done with it until I made this sub-site in 2009.
Back in college around 2002 we had a database project, so I decided to make it useful and start mapping out all of our film projects, actors, characters, locations, etc... I updated this local Access file for a while until I started getting better at web scripting. In 2006 I converted it to an online format that displays things in a better format. I still have to update the core Access file as a data source, so it hasn't been current in a while.
My wife wanted a page for our cats, so I created this one quickly with some of the photos
we had taken. It covers 2004-2005 mostly.
Original URL: http://www.thombs.com/catscats/
In early 2004, the domain was available again, and I set up a site since the forth part of the movie series
was going to be released. I always had the Ductwars mini-site on Decemberized, but this would cover more information.
This ran for about two years, until I didn't want to pay for another domain annual fee, so it became a subdomain,
which didn't cost anything. The content remains the same, but some links were modernized.
Original URL: http://www.ductwars.com/
In my last year of college, we decided to build a robot and see if it would be accepted into Battlebots,
which was popular at the time. They did, so we started getting it ready and to head to San Francisco to compete.
I made this website to collect information for it. I dropped the domain after a while for cost reasons, and
archived it under Decemberized with a few links depreciated (news/guestbook) since they ran off the ASP script server we had
at school vs my host. I found the original content on the Internet Archive and have since added them back in.
Original URL: http://www.clambot.com/
Webcams were all the rage at the time, and usually you had to have an FTP script pushing a snapshot up to a web host. Our school was able to open up some IP addresses to the outside, so we could simply have the camera drop the photo onto the web folder and it would be live. The last photo is just the empty lab.
The flash design eventually became annoying to implement, and browsers weren't all that aggreeable to embedding the plugin after a while. I converted it to plain html and updated it throughout the rest of the year when the movie was finished. There's a few updates to add some media files, but those are all long gone.
Much like Ductwars.com, I was able to get a free domain name and hosting for a time. I was into
Flash as always, and made an entire website that was one flash app. I used this to learn a bit more
and was able to tie in sub-flash documents, so I didn't have to update the entire thing if one
portion changed. I also made a sensitive menu that would scroll up as your mouse cursor went down,
so I could fit a large list of choices into a smaller area without dragging. At the time I was
working for a web design company, and also browsing the newsgroups that were more popular before
large message boards. I'd often implement new things based on suggestions or to find solutions.
Original URL: http://www.six-aces.com/
I had a page dedicated to our Premier movie: Ductwars on my main site, but cast member John
was able to get a domain name for free to redirect to the XOOM hosting site. He built this
page to cover most of the content, and it's a bit more comprehensive than the DCJ sub-page.
I had lost it for a few years, but he was able to find a copy in 2003. I've converted the flash
menu to regular hyperlinks, but the splash images are still in Flash format. This was abandoned
in early 2002 for a redesign, and the domain was lost by the end of the year. According to the
internet archive, it was commandeered by an adult web portal for some time before dropping off.
Original URL: http://www.ductwars.com/
I felt that I needed to overhaul the main page, and flash seemed to be the way to go. For the
purpose of this archive, I've linked to the main landing page since Flash is on its way out. The
original Intro is here.
Original URL: http://www.thombs.com/
There was another free webhost called Freeservers. I signed up for it, but at this point there
was no other unique website I could think about putting there, so I just made a hub to
some pre-existing ones. I didn't seem to choose anything that was notable though.
The link above goes right to the main animation, and none of the links work at his point.
There's also an intro page that is flash and
should connect to the main menu, but the link is hard coded and doesn't work. There's
a link page too.
Original URL: http://dann.freeservers.com/home.html
Instead of a summer job, I tried to start a web design business. During the dot-com boom there were a fair amount of customers who needed a web presence. I remember a few leads, but I'm sure I didn't carry any of them for long.
Tripod was the other big host, so I concentrated mainly on just upcoming game characters and
only those that were upcoming hence the omission of Hexen II and Quake II. (I've since found the Quake 2
page and re-instated it). It is actually still online
with some banner ads, but the original is archived above.
Original URL: http://members.tripod.com/~chaheygn/
I eventually started added a news section to the Geocities page after seeing that trend on other sites like BluesNews, Redwood, and sCary's Shuga Shack. I thought that was a weird concept at first as most websites were static, and I didn't envision returning to a website on a daily basis to see what's new. I talked as if I had an audience, and there's a ton of cringey ramblings of the usual world-wise thoughts of a 17-year old. This is one of the few sites that I have no original copies of, and was pulled entirely from the Internet Archive, so expect a fair amount of broken images.
My school provided web hosting too, so I took advantage of that once I got there. Like many of the pages,
I didn't have a unique idea for the space, so it became a portal to other places. Later in the spring, I
added a Flash option which pretty much gave the same links, but they flew into the screen. Those are
broken now, so type 'Regular' when prompted to get the HTML version. The links went to some other defunct site,
but I had the same files in that folder, so I've fixed them to refer to those instead.
Original URL: http://salve5.salve.com/~thombsd/
With the introduction of free web-hosting sites, I ended up signing up for all of them and creating new
web-sites on each to justify the effort. For Geocities, I created a general 3D game page dedicated to all
of the upcoming 3D shooter titles that appeared in the wake of Quake. I cut out characters from various screenshots
into transparent GIF files and organized them on their own pages. Clicking on the orange arrows in the menu
lead to older pages for some reason. I also created the Green Ribbon Shambler icon to support 'responsible speech',
as a compromise to the freeness of the internet.
Original URL: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Alley/5890/
My first dedicate Game fan page. I had mixed games earlier, but with the 3D shooter craze I wanted to feature my own game edits and other interesting mods for Quake. Of note is the combination of both anarchy symbols and a stance against free speech (mainly because the wild west of an internet at the time was full of people being rude to the point of abuse and that was shocking at the time).
Most likely the last revision. I added a few links on the landing page to my Game sites, and revised the Gopher page. After being offline for a while, I did put up a copy around 2000 or so, and that appears to have the same content. This version is parked at the original URL, minus the tilde(~) that denoted the original Unix user folder.
The core content remained more or less the same, most likely with broken links taken out. The anit-Barney page got an image title that was created by taking a screenshot of a Word document. Not linked, but there was a test page where I started creating a navigation menu frame, that would end up being like the one in the 3D Game page above. The entery splash page allows you to travel through the VR museum, or skip the main page. The 'Now' buttons are all gone.
This was just a page with Music logos from bands I liked. It was only accessible from a room in the VR Museum.
Using a level I created in Quake, I took screenshots and turned them into clickable image maps. Some of the rooms would have things that allowed you to visit my friends and family's sites. Others were links to band or radio websites. There's a hint section and a duck you need to find too.
Later in March I started playing around with frames. Since you needed more screen real estate, I
made a landing page which prompted for the larger version, or the frameless. The 'Now' buttons
were massive at this point, and I was collecting them for things I wasn't even interested in. Both
versions were more or less the same as the one earlier in the fall, but the chat link was taken off.
that reacts to the time of day. At this point, we had moved to the thombs.com domain.
Original URL: http://www.thombs.com/~dann/
We finally moved to out own domain. The links became buttons, and there started to be some sub-sites.
Karen Maloney's Skating School,
Saints' Stories, Inc., and
Thombs' Home Pager Service among a few others.
There's also an audio greeting, which was recorded, but never used since a 1 Mb download in 1997 would
have been prohibitive. I've readded it here though. Later in June,
some things were removed and the page was relatively unchanged through late 1999.
Original URL: http://www.thombs.com/
Our local ISP was hosting a school webpage contest. Whoever made the best website for their school
would win a $500 saving's bond. I felt bad since my brother and his friends worked for days on theirs
and then I spend a few minutes making this and won. It had an animated tiger GIF, so no contest. I ended
up just cashing in the bond for half value and it probably went towards my first car.
Original URL: http://www.wsii.com/users/fatima/index.htm
I started collection the 'Now' buttons made popular by Netscape Now! Many were popping up with those specific dimensions, so I added them to the Guestbook block. I added another block below that for some main links. The link pages are still there, but I also added an image map mimicking a Windows 3.11 screen. The friends page also has an image map to other pages. The quake link doesn't work, and I can't find any record of it. It would eventually split into the two gaming pages later on. Also there is an unlinked Gopher image page which according to someone on AOL messanger, was semi-viral at one point. It would be updated in time.
The sections were moved to their own pages, and Marty Kitty replaced Hobbes as the splash image.
The guestbook is local now, and has a few entries in it. At some point 1996 we movied onto our host: BBSnet,
which was also our ISP. I used this ancient laptop to FTP the files over via command prompt.
Original URL: http://w3.bbsnet.com/~users/thombsm/dann.html
The space theme which was ever present, took over the main page now. Links were in tables, and the personal
family page was changed to match. Some business pages were added, as well as a guestbook. There was also an option
to use a frames version.
Original URL: http://w3.bbsnet.com/~users/thombsm/
A few revisions that were in the same folder. Some links are added/removed, and the splash photo changes from the Earth to Hobbes
A few new pages were added, and the stereoscopic background was replaced with the earth from my bedroom.
Original URL: http://184.108.40.206/thombs/thombs.html
The format expanded a bit, but all content was still on a single page. Updating was interesting. We set up an
FTP server on our personal computer, then used telnet to connect to the university web server, and connected back
to us. At that point command line FTP was used to pull the file back. There are also some hidden links which go
to random content. Those in turn have more hidden links. The first one is impossible to find, so jump straight
here. The following ones aren't too bad to track down.
Original URL: http://220.127.116.11/thombs/dann.html
This is my first separate page. It's pretty much the same content as the prior, but there are some barney
links, and the Hobbes link, black background, and red text would continue for all further versions.
Original URL: http://18.104.22.168/thombs/dann.html
Upon insisting that I wanted my own page, the main home page now links to each family member. There is an earlier version of Amy's Page that looks to be the gap between the combined original page, and the more fleshed out one linked on this one. It's dated the same as the prior.
This is my section of the combined page. Many of these X-Men links would continue through all the versions
of my main page later on. The poster is something I made in MS Paint. I wanted to make it the background, but
was persuaded otherwise. The Gherkin coins were from a school project where we had to make up our own country.
Original URL: http://22.214.171.124/thombs/home.html#DANN
This is the earliest file that I can find. All of the content was listed on one page, and anchor tags were used to
navigate to specific points in the page. To get the files online, we had to copy them onto a 3.5" diskette and drive
them over to the university.
Original URL: http://126.96.36.199/thombs/home.html